Going through a breakup can be rough. Not only emotionally but physically. Sleepless nights, poofy eyes and even the creation of a few wrinkles and grey hairs. Personally, I’m trying to limit the damage this is doing. Especially since the nights of wine with the girls followed by some not so healthy fried foods aren’t doing their part to help the dark circles under my eyes.

Have no fear, food to the rescue! But while I’m not yet ready to give up my comfort foods (try as it might a salad is just not a hug in a bowl the way mac and cheese is), there is still something for food to do. Here are a couple of recipes for face masks, skin scrubs and a hair mask to hopefully bridge the gap until I’m more interested in greens on a regular basis.

Cucumber Mask – for oily skin

1/2 cucumber
1 TBSP aloe vera gel

Peel a cucumber and chop into pieces. Add cucumber pieces and gel into a food processor and puree into a nice paste.

Spread the paste gently and equally with fingertips over a clean face and neck. Leave the mask for 30 minutes. Wash off with cold water.

Baking Soda Scrub – for all skin types

2-3 TBSP Baking Soda
Small amount of water

Mix the ingredients into a paste, apply with a circular motion to your face and gently scrub

Oatmeal Scrub – 3-in-1 scrub: Smooths, tones and hydrates

1 TBSP ground oatmeal (steel cut oats)
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp yogurt

Combine and apply in a circular motion. You can either rinse off right away or leave on a few minutes as a mask before washing it off.

Avocado Hair Mask

1 ripe avocado
2 TBSP olive oil

In a small bowl combine avocado and oil. Apply to damp hair including scalp and ends. Tuck your hair into a shower cap.

After 20 minutes rinse out of your hair, shampoo as usual.

Tell ’em Reba…